How do you generate interest in the second big screen outing of a TV series which ran out of steam almost a decade ago? Well, according to the trailer for The X-Files: I Want to Believe, you have some people running, Billy Connolly revealing he hears dogs barking, and David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson treading on very thin ice, literally…

Little is known about the movie’s plot – assuming there is one – but the trailer indicates this: people go missing in the snow, Billy Connolly has bloody visions, and former FBI agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) are reunited to investigate.

The film’s director and co-writer Chris Carter has revealed that the movie will not focus on the monster and alien mythology that ran through much of the TV series. That said, the film looks set to include the things that made the show a massive hit in the Nineties: scary things moving in the dark, Mulder going out on a limb and Scully being huffy.

So what is dragging people through the snow? Is the truth out there? Billy Connolly certainly seems to think so near the end of trailer: ‘It’s here!’ he shouts in one location, ‘It’s here!’ in another, and ‘It’s here!’ in another. Thanks Billy, that’s a great help.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe will be released in August.